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Richard Powers
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Richard say was a mother's consolation prize?

2. How did Richard and C. handle the cold when they lived together?

3. What did Richard and C. have to furnish their apartment?

4. What is Richard worried about after his lunch with Philip Lentz and the others?

5. What got Richard this position?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Philip Lentz and Diana Hartrick discussing when Richard sees them at the campus bar?

2. What was happening with Richard and C. at the time that Richard published his first book?

3. What are Richard's thoughts about letting Lentz 'cut into' Helen?

4. Describe the relationship between Philip Lentz and Richard.

5. What does Richard see in Lentz's office?

6. What kind of response does Richard find himself getting from Helen in Section VIII?

7. What does Richard say about writing students in general?

8. What story does Harold Plover tell Richard about his daughters' language acquisition?

9. Who is C.? Describe Richard's relationship with her.

10. How does Lentz trick Richard in Section V?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a character sketch of the author based on his style and content. What values does he hold dear? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think he is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

Essay Topic 2

Richard spends a great deal of time pouring literature into Helen's memory, at the same time that he pours C. out of his own memory. How does memory work in "Galatea 2.2"? Is it a source of strength, or of suffering? How important is the desire to forget, for Richard and for Helen?

Essay Topic 3

As Richard recalls his time with C., he also makes advances toward Diana and A. If "Galatea 2.2" is a book about getting over a lover, what does Richard Powers suggest as the best method? Does he ultimately WANT to get over C.?

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